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FOOD CRISIS Rise in numbers needing help

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Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food nationwide since the charity began.


ISSUE NUMBER 06 Friday 26th April 2013


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Large rise in numbers turning to foodbanks Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food nationwide since the charity began in 2000. Over 44,000 people in the South East have received at least three days emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks during the last 12 months, almost double the number helped in 2011-12. Rising cost of living, static incomes, changes to benefits, underemployment and unemployment have meant increasing numbers of people in the South East have hit a crisis that forces them to go hungry. This dramatic rise in foodbank usage predates April’s welfare reforms, which could see numbers increase further in 2013-14. 44,951 people received a minimum of three days emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the South East in 2012-13, compared to 26,680 in 2011-12. Of those helped in 201213, 16,850 (37.4 percent) were children. Eastbourne foodbank alone fed 6,257 people, giving out over 43 tonnes of food.

Nationally, Trussell Trust foodbanks have given three days emergency food to 346,992 in 12/13 compared to 128,697 in 11/12. The Trussell Trust has seen a 32% increase in the number of foodbanks launched in the South East since April 2012 but has seen a 68% increase in numbers of people given emergency food. Christian charity The Trussell Trust is launching three new foodbanks every week to help meet demand and has launched 345 UK foodbanks in partnership with churches and communities to date. Trussell Trust Executive Chairman Chris Mould says: ‘The sheer volume of people who are turning to foodbanks because they can’t afford food is a wake-up call to the nation that we cannot ignore the hunger on our doorstep. Politicians across the political spectrum urgently need to recognise the real extent of UK food poverty and create fresh policies that better address its underlying causes. This is more important than ever as the impact of the biggest reforms to the

welfare state since it began start to take effect. Since April 1st we have already seen increasing numbers of people in crisis being sent to foodbanks with nowhere else to go.’ He continues: ‘Last year The Trussell Trust estimated that our foodbanks would help 250,000 people in 2012-13, we’ve helped 100,000 more than that. 2012-13 was much tougher for people than many anticipated. Incomes are being squeezed to breaking point. We’re seeing people from all kinds of backgrounds turning to foodbanks: working people coming in on their lunch-breaks, mums who are going hungry to feed their children, people whose benefits have been delayed and people who are struggling to find enough work. It’s shocking that people are going hungry in 21st century Britain.’ People turn to foodbanks for a range of reasons including lowincome, redundancy, due to benefit delay,debtand benefit changes. Other reasons included domestic violence, sickness,

refused crisis loans, debt and unemployment. Less than five percent of those helped turn to foodbanks due to homelessness. The majority of those helped are working age families. Foodbanks are community driven with an estimated 30,000 volunteers giving their time across the UK. Over 429 tonnes of food was donated by the public in the South East in 2012-13. Chris Mould adds: ‘Whilst it’s deeply concerning that so many people are facing hunger in the UK, the evident willingness of the public to help their neighbours through foodbanks has prevented thousands of crises escalating into disaster. We regularly hear people say that ‘the foodbank saved my life’ and it’s local communities that make that possible.’

Hospital Pathology Staff Gain NVQ Qualifications

A group of pathology staff have received recognition for their achievement in gaining NVQ Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Clinical Pathology support at an award ceremony held at St. Mary’s Hospital. 12 members of staff, which include medical laboratory assistant’s (MLA), specimen reception staff and phlebotomists of the Pathology department, were awarded certificates to acknowledge their competence in a range of pathology support skills relevant to each discipline. These include Microbiology,

Blood sciences, Histology, Haematology, Phlebotomy and Pathology reception. Keith Thomas, Senior Biomedical Scientist & Training Officer, said: “For the past two years staff from the pathology/phlebotomy departments (bands 2 and 3) have completed NVQ Portfolios and attended taught programmes at the NVQ centre. All our staff have performed excellently and their portfolios have been complimented for the quality of work by both internal and external verifiers. Thanks goes to Ray

Davison, who brought the NVQ course back to the Island in 2007.” Ray Davison, Senior Biomedical Scientist and Training officer for Haematology added, “It’s a valuable qualification in recognition of the experience and expertise of pathology support staff. We started the NVQ’s for our MLA’s in 2007 and have been successfully completing NVQ portfolios since that time and will continue to provide best training for our staff.” The following staff received their certificates on Tuesday 23rd April from Barry Hodgson and Theresa Farmiloe from the NVQ centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. The staff then met the Trust Board on Wednesday 24th April where they were praised and thanked for their endeavors. Phlebotomy: Alexandra Millar; Deborah Forsyth-Caffrey Biochemistry: Jo Creaser; Kerri Deacon; Susan Kittle; Melanie Churchill

Haematology / Blood transfusion: Ewan Haigh; Sue Miles; Dean Fuller Microbiology: Samantha Farmer, Janet Jones Histology: Wendy Ewbank Pathology Reception: Claire Nicholson The Edexcel Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Pathology Support is a nationally recognised qualification and is based on the Health National Occupational Standards (NOS). It aims to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills of staff within the workforce. Each candidate had to build a portfolio of evidence demonstrating competency with a variety of skills and knowledge through a series of assessments. The assessment formats were varied and included on the job observations, question and answer sessions, witness statements from colleagues and personal and reflective accounts of the job and the job role and completion of work books and assignments.

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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Sainsbury's Donates to Lanesend Primary

Sainsbury’s West Cowes has presented Lanesend Primary School with a Community Grant for £300.00 This will help to support towards the cost of an education kitchen suite for pupils and parents. The Sainsbury’s Community

Grant scheme, helping charitable groups in the local community is funded by the sales of ‘Bags for Life’. So for customers as Sainsbury’s West Cowes buying a ‘Bag for Life’, this means that they are not only doing great things for the environment, but

are also making a contribution to their local community. Sainsbury’s West Cowes Store Manager, Charles Bird, said: “Our store is at the heart of the local community and it is important that we can do as much as we can to support it. When we heard

about Lanesend Primary School, we were really pleased to be able to help out.” Last year alone the Community Grants scheme provided £135k worth of donations, nominated by depot and store manager and colleagues from stores nationwide.

Make 2013 the year you do something amazing


Fancy jumping Jump out a plane at 12,000ft? This once in a lifetime challenge is one of the most adrenaline filled things you can do for charity! You will complete a Tandem Skydive from 12,000ft which gives you up to a massive 45 seconds of freefall before a 5 minute canopy ride back down to earth. The next Tandem Skydive in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice is taking place on Friday 26th July

at the Army Parachute Association Airfield, Netheravon, Salisbury. All fundraisers taking part in the Tandem Parachute Jump are asked to raise a minimum of £400 in sponsorship, this covers the cost of the jump and a donation to the Hospice. If you would like any more information on the Tandem Skydive please give the Fundraising Office a call on (01983) 528989 or email:


of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013 IsleTheofIsleWight Mail – February 2012

No under 21 Glory for Wightlink Islanders Trio Alas there was no British Under 21 title success for any of the three Wightlink Islanders trio, Tom Perry, Darryl Ritchings, and Danny Stoneman, who competed in the final of the competition at the Monmore Green circuit in Wolverhampton. Although naturally disappointed they didn’t lift the title itself, all three islanders rode well in the heats, Perry winning through to the semi-final with 11 points from five rides, whilst Ritchings (8pts)

and Stoneman (7pts) only just failed to join him. Unfortunately Tom P took a tumble in the semi-final race bringing his title charge to an abrupt end but we’re pleased to report he wasn’t injured in the crash and he, and the rest of the Wightlink Islanders squad are now looking forward to Sunday’s away National Trophy match at Buxton and next Tuesday’s opening home match of the season against Stoke.

May Day alert for late tax returns If you haven’t sent in your 2011/12 tax return online, be warned – you’ll be hit with more penalties from next month if you still haven’t filed. From 1 May, HM Revenue and Customs will charge a £10 daily penalty for each day your online return is late, up to a maximum of 90 days. This is in addition to the initial £100 late-filing penalty for missing the 31 January filing deadline. For paper returns, daily penalties started on 1 Feb, as they were due by the earlier deadline of 31 October. So don’t send a

paper return as it will trigger an amount equal to, or close to, the maximum daily penalty of £900. Looking ahead, further penalties of at least £300 (or five per cent of the tax due, if that is more) will be issued for returns that are six and 12 months late. Anyone who’s received a latefiling penalty, hasn’t yet sent a return, but thinks they don’t need to be in Self Assessment, should call HMRC on 0845 900 0444. If HMRC agrees, the return and any penalty will be cancelled.



The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 12th April 2013

‘Interesting’ Prison Buildings Should be Preserved says Isle of Wight MP

The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, was given a tour of the now empty Camp Hill prison site by Bob Smith, Governor in charge of the decommissioning shortly before its closure last week. It is planned that a number of historical artefacts from Camp Hill, such as the Roll of Governors and various plaques, will be displayed at Albany House. The site has now been handed over to the Ministry of Justice. Mr Turner said: “I was very keen to look around Camp Hill before the keys were handed over. Walking around the now empty prison was very strange and rather sad. What people often don’t realise is that by their very nature prisons are closed off from the outside world, so they become very tightknit communities, and I know this is a very difficult time for all staff concerned. “I am very pleased that Bob Smith

has taken plenty of photographs so there will be a permanent record of Camp Hill for future generations and there are many interesting books and records which will be of interest to local historians. In 2004 I was invited to open the new resettlement centre – and we found the plaque commemorating that in a pile of memorabilia. There are no plans published as yet about what the site will be used for, but there are a number of interesting buildings such as the gate-house and the chapel which I hope will be preserved – whatever the future holds. “I have recently had meetings with HMP Isle of Wight Governor, Andy Lattimore and representatives of both the PCS and the Prison Officers Association. Following those meetings I am raising further issues with Prisons Minister, Jeremy Wright MP.”


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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Station to host a ‘pop-up’ fine dining restaurant Ryde Fire Station is to host a ‘pop-up’ fine dining restaurant in order to boost the 100 Here 100 There charity appeal. Local chefs will be brought in to prepare the cuisine and fire fighters will become waiters for the night when the station’s main appliance bay is transformed for the one-off event on May 11. Diners will be asked to pay what they think their meal was worth and all money raised will support the 100 Here, 100 There bike ride in June that will raise money for Wessex Cancer Trust, Seeds4Change and the Firefighters Charity. The ride will see fire fighters cycle 100 miles on the Island in a single day and traversing 100 mountains in ten days in France. The idea of transforming Ryde Fire Station into a fine dining restaurant was that of retained firefighter and keen foodie Heath Monaghan. He hopes his idea, which will have the theme of Fire and Ice, will raise at least £1,000 and attract at least 80 diners. Wherever possible, local produce will be sourced to create the dishes. The dinner will be a set menu and the evening will also feature entertainment. Heath said; “The initial idea was developed during a discussion, searching for a location on the Island to run a supper club. “The 100 Here 100 There appeal had just been launched and it was felt that an operational fire station would be a truly unique venue and the appeal perfect to support. “Further local informal discussions have been very well received and the majority of the Ryde station’s firefighters have agreed to become involved in waiting on tables. Local chefs have agreed to assist in the

kitchens to prepare and cook food, local restaurant critics Matt & Cat will help to market the event and spread the word. Already people are interested in attending and asking when the event is and when reservations can be made. It promises to be a unique and enjoyable occasion.” In total, four chefs will be running the kitchen and all food will be freshly prepared on site. To book, visit from Thursday 18 April for more information where there will also be a link to a ticket booking agency. Although tickets cost £5 for a welcome drink and entry, people will be asked to make a donation at the end of the meal, with a suggested donation of £30 per person. Though pop-up restaurants do not by their nature have to comply

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with the necessary licensing regulations as a permanent establishment, all food hygiene, fire assessment, licensing and relevant public liability insurance to ensure a safe and enjoyable

experience for all will be undertaken. Despite the transformation of the appliance bay, the station itself will remain fully operation throughout the evening.


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Steam Railway Announces Special Events Programme With the 2013 season well underway, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has announced another interesting and ambitious programme of special events, activities and shows to run alongside this year’s busy schedule of steam train services. During 2013 the Steam Railway is running trains on some 210 days and, in a move to continue to widen its appeal and attract new visitors, there will also be over 25 Special Events, large and small, spread across the year. From high falls and action stunts to world class jazz musicians, and from Land Army girls to fine wines, the aim is to present a wide range of activities and events to entertain and interest Islanders and holidaymakers of all ages. “Our events programme adds a lot of extra interest for visitors to the Island and offers an extra choice for Islanders looking for something different to do,“ said Railway Chairman, Steve Oates. “Last year we saw an increase in visitor numbers at many of our

events, indicating that there is a real thirst for a varied and attractive programme of high quality events. So this year we’re staging even more! We’ve also been really encouraged by our early-season activity with our ‘Easter Fun’ event and ‘Kids Go FREE’ offer over the recent Easter Holiday, which attracted a 7% increase in visitor numbers compared to last year!” Among the key events for 2013 will be a new event for families as The Railway Folk ‘take-over’ the running of Havenstreet Station for three fun-filled days in July. In August the thrilling ‘Reel Stunts in Action’ high-falls and stunt team take to the stage at the Island Steam Show, while two historic locomotives mark their return to steam at our Autumn Gala in October. The programme of Special Events kicks off with the 8th IW Real Ale Festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend, an antiques fayre and ‘Walk the Line’ in mid-May and the Festival of Transport at the end of the month

Proposals to help struggling pubs get a fair deal Pubs struggling to pay rent or beer prices could save thousands of pounds a year each, thanks to a new Code of Practice and the backing of a powerful Adjudicator, under proposals announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable. Ministers want to make sure that pub tenants are treated fairly by pub companies and hope that the new proposals will save tenants £100 million per year. The Code would contain mandatory rules

for all pub companies who own a certain number of pubs. In particular it would stop pub companies abusing the beer tie, which obliges tenants to sell certain types of beers often at high prices. The Code will apply to those pubs which own over 500 pubs, to focus on the part of the industry where almost 90 per cent of complaints are received. The consultation seeks views on whether this is a fair threshold.

The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013


Shaolin Warriors Embark On Tour The Shaolin Warriors are embarking on an 80-date UK theatre tour, including Shanklin. Shaolin kung-fu is something which you will not only see with your eyes, but you will also feel with your heart. Returning to the stage with a brand new show, this breathtaking theatrical performance vividly showcases the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill. Featuring Buddhist meditation and rigorous martial arts training, the show is an extravaganza of gorgeous scenery, atmospheric music, beautiful lights and hundreds of costumes. The Shaolin Warriors is a spectacular production, choreographed by the official choreographer of the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics,

featuring 22 professionally trained Kung fu masters. Audiences of all ages will be amazed and thrilled by their death defying Kung Fu disciplines such as chigong and animal imitation boxing with 18 kinds of dangerous traditional weapons. Setting out on an 80 date tour in 2013, the Shaolin show is a must see for family audiences and martial arts experts alike. Now a huge hit in over 3 continents, The Shaolin Warriors have been seen by over 500,000 people of all ages. Suitable for all, this is a production that will amaze and entertain the entire family long after the final curtain falls! The Shaolin Warriors martial arts spectacle will be taking place at Shanklin Theatre on Saturday 27th April at 7.30pm

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Memorial Hall Donor Sessions

The National Blood Service are holding a blood donor session at the Memorial Hall, Avenue Road Freshwater on Wednesday 1st May 2013. Session times 1.30pm to 3.30pm and 4.30pm to 7pm. To book an appointment to give Blood tel 0300 123 23 23 or visit


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Police release CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to

Isle of Wight Police have released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a handbag in Newport. The incident occurred between 1.45pm and 2.45pm on Wednesday, April 10 at MacDonald’s restaurant in High Street, Newport. The victim, a 44-year-old woman had left her handbag on a seat close to the main counter and forgot it when she left the restaurant. She returned a short while later to discover it was no .

longer there and reported it to the staff Officers investigating the case would like to hear from anyone who can identify the two women pictured in the CCTV as they believe they may be able to assist with enquiries. Anyone with information about the incident can contact Newport Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013


Win a pair of tickets to see ‘The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular show’ The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular will be performing on the Isle of Wight on Friday 12th July. Tickets have now gone on sale at Medina Theatre

priced at £20.00. Seats for ‘The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular show’ can be booked by calling 01983 527 020 or by visiting

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The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Rob Da Bank has chosen the finalists Bestival curator and BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank has chosen the finalists for his 2013 Bestival Island Band, DJ, Choir & Spoken Word Competition. A veritable flood of entries were received at the last minute from Isle of Wight talent, leaving Rob with the task of sifting through literally hundreds of mp3s in order to compile his eventual shortlist of finalists. Rob said; “Wow! I’ve just ploughed through hours and hours of demos and Soundcloud links for all the categories of the Band Competition and once again the

bar has been raised, with an epic spread of styles and genres covered. Really great bands, some incredible DJs and an inspirational selection of choirs and spoken word wizards. “Thanks to everyone for entering and sorry if you didn’t make the shortlist. Congrats to anyone who’s made it through and see you on the night. Big up the Isle of Wight music scene!” Sadly one entrant had to be disqualified at the first hurdle as they didn’t meet the competition’s strict geographical criteria – despite the rules making it clear

that this competition was purely for Isle of Wight-based talent, one hopeful musician from Russia still decided to try his luck (organisers were unsure as to whether he was looking for travelling expenses to be paid too?)! All Rob’s chosen finalists will now compete on the evening of Thursday 16th May at Northwood House, Cowes in front of a panel of prestigious judges (including Level 42’s Mark King and Rob da Bank himself) for the prize of a coveted slot on-stage at this year’s Bestival.

Mind-blowing arena dedicated to a decade of dancing HMS Bestival is finally steaming back into home waters. Our trusty and now slightly rusty ship and crew have spent the past decade cruising the high seas, dodging pirates in tropical climes and partying with natives on moonlit beaches. Now it’s time to come home to celebrate 10 years of Bestival on the Isle of Wight. All aboard for the journey home to The Port! Bestival HQ have been busy working out how best to mark a whole decade of great Bestivals and have come up with our most ambitious and largest on-site project since we began. The Port is a landlocked harbour with HMS Bestival as its centrepiece, surrounded by a pier, nautical sideshows and all the action of a bustling port… in a festival! The Port will boast state of the art sound (provided by Funktion One), hi-tech lasers, LED screens and a boatload of pyro exploding from HMS Bestival’s funnels. DJs will man the bridge, steering the good ship through day and night of techno & house, with many of the world’s leading DJs playing onboard this hyperreal ship. Taking a little time out from reaching for the lasers, Rob da Bank says; “I’m probably more excited about this new stage for Bestival than anything else in the last decade of creating fun and mental spaces for people to party on. We’ve got a tree you can rave inside, a forest with films and a giant metal spider that breathes fire, but we’ve never had a lifesized ship transmitting the best techno and house DJs across the waves while lasers strafe the crowd and a lighthouse booms its foghorn!

“This whole new field is going to be an all-night maritime adventure with dirty little rum bars, enticing brothels and sea shanties ringing out from random sailor-folk in every corner. It’ll have crazy aerial displays and a bucketload of pyro that will blow your mind – it’s the dance arena to end all dance arenas and it’s gonna go off! If you want to know where the party’s at, it’s at The Port.” Manning the bridge of our incredible 24 metre long oceangoing liner will be a cavalcade of the finest names to grace club culture, a veritable who’s who of Bestival Classics. Friday night headlining action will come courtesy of the Plastikman himself Richie Hawtin. Saturday night will see a triumphant Annie Mac Presents selection and Sunday will be brought to a cataclysmically joyous end by the one and only Carl Cox. We will also have the cream of the dance music scene to smash up The Port’s dancefloor, including the newly-announced Knife Party’s explosive fusions of bass and beats, Kiss FM’s DJ EZ who will be dropping majestic garage goodness, the mighty Toddla T Sound who will be ripping up the fiery techno-dub, turntable-ninja Jaguar Skills who will be serving up his genre swerving cut & paste bedlam, and back to back mayhem from Bestival favourites Phat Phil Cooper & Russ Cuban. Commenting on his Sunday night headline slot, Carl Cox said: “Bestival’s always an amazing festival with great people and (hopefully) good weather! Cannot wait to return and check out their brand new arena The Port”. Annie Mac added: “We’re so

Annie Mac happy to be back at Bestival for 2013 and bringing AMP to the allnew Bestival Port stage! We’ve got such an exciting mix of DJs – from the UK garage legend that is DJ EZ, to the Bristol house-dons Julio Bashmore and Eats Everything. We’ll be bringing proper party carnival vibes through Toddla T Sound, as well as showcasing brand new talent from the likes of Cyril Hahn. AMP at Bestival 2013 is looking forward to offering up one of the most skilled and fun line-ups of DJs we’ve ever had, DJs who will no doubt provide you with many a special Bestival moment. Cannot wait to see you there!” With a lighthouse come helter skelter, a dockers’ bar, amazing aerial performances via a huge crane, delicious dancing girls and camp sailor boys on-stage, plus dance podiums throughout the arena for the crowd, a coruscating brilliance of unbelievable

Carl Cox pyrotechnics, sparkle, flame and fire effects, confetti, and smoking funnels, The Port is where you’re going to want to be. There will also be a mega DJ line-up all weekend long that will include the previously announced Seth Troxler, Julio Bashmore, Maya Jane Coles, Erol Alkan, Duke Dumont, Eats Everything, Cyril Hahn, Hospitality Bestival Take Over Featuring High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Nu:Logic, Fred V & Grafix Hosted By Wrec & Dynamite, Marcel Dettmann, Heidi, Ed Rush and Jesse Rose. The Port; it’s brand new and good for you, so put on your dancing shoes! Keep your eyes peeled for more mega Bestival announcements including our Friday night headliner. And remember keep checking and our Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news. And don’t forget to tag your tweets #hmsbestival.


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Local Band, DJ, Choir & Spoken Word

Lucid: Six years and four albums later their musical journey continues and they haven’t stopped to look back. Combining their individual talents they produce a sound which blends stunning vocals with rich melodies resulting in finely crafted songs reflecting their diverse musical influences.

The Ohmz: Formed when 5 goats from a local farm accidentally wandered into a reggae and tea night at a pub and discovered they shared a love of tea (and reggae) and decided to write some songs about that. Performing their own brand of upbeat and funky reggae, with ska highlights and jazz overtones.

The Bear Social: A four-piece indie/alternative band from the South of England, and consist of a male and female vocalist with guitar, bass, drums and keys. Playing gigs on and around the Isle of Wight for more than a year now, as well as a few mainland performances and appearances at minor festivals.

Signals: A female fronted indie/math-rock four-piece from the Isle of Wight. Their second release, ‘Facial Furniture’, is on its way for summer 2013 (“Thanks to the invaluable help of our good friends, tea and cereal”). Expect lots of harmonies, shouty bits, pedal-board antics & time travel.

Hentai Babies: Three bodies forcing thrashed gritty sludge into the guts of the cascade birthed chorus destruction.

Splosh: Began playing with music at the age of 15. Since then he has collected a wide variety of sounds from every edge of the spectrum. Using any kind of media to keep the music upbeat, lively and exploring your earholes in different ways, Splosh will do whatever to keep you moving.

Tony Stark: 22 year old DJ Always had a keen passion for music. Started mixing 4-5 years ago after seeing Isle of Wight/London producer Sepia mixing at a house party. His musical taste is heavily influenced by early Hip Hop / Electro producers and MCs.

Ill Al: Born and raised in Shanklin, now resident of Ventnor. Ill Al has been DJing since the 90’s playing Techno & House and later Hip Hop. These days he is a regular on the IOW music scene playing Drum and Bass, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Reggae, Dubstep and Garage.

DJ Longjack: Dance music enthusiast who has had a keen interest in electronic music since the early 80s and the ‘Breakdance’ craze. Having listened to electro and early hip-hop and well as punk and thrash metal he began DJ-ing in the 1990s when the rave scene was emerging.

Dub Dynamic: Producer/DJ who has played regular sets right across the south. Latest single, ‘Funky Man’, has met with interest from independent record labels. Tracks entitled ‘Jogit’ and ‘Murder’ were recently supported by Potential Badboy at DJ Hype’s Playaz night at Fabric, London.

Quaynote: is an acapella quartet, formed around 18 months ago. They perform both as part of Wight Harmony barbershop chorus shows, and as a standalone quartet at weddings, birthdays and ensemble shows. They have competed at national level and at IOW music festivals.

Ryde School Choristers: Ryde School Choristers (under the direction of Rachel Tweddle) rehearse every Tuesday, concentrating on repertoire for their four formal school church services during the year, as well as lighter styles of music for the school concerts

Callum Fairweather: When my ambitions to join the army were put on hold, due to things out of my control, I struggled for motivation. I found inspiration in various spoken word artists such George the Poet, Scroobius Pip and discovered Kate Tempest at Rob da Bank’s Music Club

Buddy Carson: Trawl through the reams of paper and endless filled journals adorned with the ink from Buddy’s pen and you can chart the progress from child limerick writer, budding horror novelist, and children’s short story writer, to songwriter, poet, MC, spoken-word artist, and more.

Lady Robinson: Ever since the sounds of the likes of Scroobius Pip and Kate Tempest graced her ears, she has been hooked by the art of spoken word poetry. At first, writing poetry was a medium in which to express raw emotion, but it has since flourished, developing into an art form

Wight Harmony: Wight Harmony is a male Barbershop Chorus and was formed in 1977. Over the years the Club has expanded and now has about 40 members who meet every week in Wootton to rehearse both their existing repertoire and learn new arrangements.


The Isle of Wight Mail | Friday 26th April 2013

Police figures show crime falling across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Crime fell in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for a sixth year in a row as police vow to ensure the force area remains a hostile place for criminals. The total number of offences recorded by Hampshire Constabulary in 2012/13 was 108,745, a drop of 15 per cent on the previous year. Chief Constable Andy Marsh is praising the work of police officers, police staff, police volunteers and local people in helping to keep communities safe. Comparing 2012/13 with 2011/12: ● total crime fell 15 per cent from 128,690 to 108,745 offences ● serious violent crime fell 21 per cent from 803 to 631 offences ● burglaries, robberies and vehicle crime fell 22 per cent from 15,589 to 12,180 offences ● the total solved crime rate remains at the same at 31 per cent Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “I took up the post of chief constable in February and it is my intention to continue to drive down crime levels and ensure these positive results continue. I am clear, however, that there is no room for complacency, particularly with further challenges ahead for the police service. “I am passionate about ensuring we provide policing that has exceptional leadership at all levels which will make Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a place where people will always feel safe to live, work and visit. “Our aims are to protect the people we serve from those who would cause them harm by making our two counties a hostile environment for criminals. The continued reduction in total crime across the force is testament to the tireless dedication, commitment, hard work and ‘one team’ approach of my officers, staff and volunteers against a backdrop of cuts and financial restraint. “Burglary, thefts from vehicles and robbery have been a particular focus of the force in recent years, and I am pleased to see we’ve sustained a drop in these offences.

“It’s the people who report crime, provide information and assist with our enquiries who are key to our success and putting victims and communities at the heart of everything we do is paramount.” Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, said: “I would like to congratulate the constabulary on the past year’s performance which has seen crime levels fall for the sixth consecutive year. Whilst this has resulted in further reductions in those crimes that have the greatest impact on our communities, it creates even greater challenges for the year ahead. “In this respect I have confidence that my Police and Crime Plan will meet those challenges although it becomes increasingly difficult with the further budgetary cuts the constabulary has to make. By working closely with the chief constable, the Community Safety Partnerships and other key stakeholders, it is my desire to maintain these low crime levels and reduce them still further.” Hampshire Constabulary regular works with independent advisory groups (IAGs) which are made up of members of the community and which help the force understand local issues. The Chairman of the Force Strategic IAG, Hugh Oliver-Bellasis said: “The work of the independent

advisory groups is vital to ensure the Hampshire police force delivers the best service to the public. “Independent Advisory Groups are in a position to advise officers and police staff what they as members of the public feel and think and where matters

are well or poorly executed. During the last year, the Force Strategic IAG has given assistance in a variety of areas including Stop and Search, the review of Neighbourhood Policing and highlighting the importance of rural policing.”

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Praise for Fund-Raising Efforts of Cowes RNLI Guild The significant role played by members of the RNLI’s Cowes Guild in responding to the appeal for the town’s new lifeboat station was underlined at the guild’s annual meeting. Anna Morgan-Crockett, guild chairman, declared, “I cannot praise too highly the hard work and dedication of our members. They worked flat out during the entire appeal, giving many hours of volunteer service, well above the call of duty.” Despite the country’s economic difficulties the appeal, which had now closed, was a resounding success. A total of £850,000 was raised, of which just under £248,000 came from the Isle of Wight. Furthermore £71,475 of the Island’s contribution was via the local guild. “What a brilliant effort,” she declared. She felt privileged to be the guild chairman in the year when the new Cowes lifeboat station was officially opened in July by the Queen, on the final day of her country-wide Diamond Jubilee

tour. All those involved in the local RNLI welcomed Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh with a mixture of excitement and exhilaration. Other highlights in the year were such fund-raising events as a jubilee lunch at the Royal Yacht Squadron, an Olympic Cruise in the Solent, a summer party, afternoon teas, coffee mornings, and lunches. The RNLI’s Cowes shop, managed by Fran Bracken and ‘her stalwart volunteers’ continued to do well, although takings were slightly down on the previous year. Profit from sales totalled £21,861. The annual meeting, held at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, learned that a varied programme of guild events was planned for the coming year. “We greatly look forward to working closely with our boat and station volunteers to raise more money for the charity dedicated to saving lives at sea,” added Mrs Morgan-Crockett.

Measles advice for parents A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers is announced by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health. Island parents are being urged to make sure their children are fully vaccinated against measles as concern grows about the national rise in cases. Although no cases have been reported on the Island as yet, vaccination levels here followed national trends and fell sharply during 1997-2006. Children aged 10 -16 years are therefore most susceptible to measles infection. “Measles is an extremely infectious and potentially serious disease, but one that is preventable through the MMR vaccine,” said Dr Jennifer Smith,

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the Island’s director of public health. “The only way to prevent measles outbreaks is to make sure there is good uptake of the MMR vaccine across all ages. We are urging residents not to panic but to be prepared and take this opportunity to protect their children before the tourist season increases the risk of spread of the virus." Dr Smith said: "Our advice to parents is that if their children have not had the full course of vaccine (two doses), they should contact their GP to arrange this to be done. Similarly, if they have any doubt as to whether their children have been vaccinated at all - or only in part - then they should also contact their GP who will have the necessary records."

Anna Morgan-Crockett


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Support to Tackle Cyber Attacks More small businesses than ever are facing the threat of losing confidential information through cyber attacks, according to research published by BIS. The 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey has shown that 87% of small businesses across all sectors experienced a breach in the last year. This is up more than 10% and cost small businesses up to 6 per cent of their turnover, when they could protect themselves for far less. This comes as the Technology Strategy Board extends its Innovation Vouchers scheme to allow SMEs to bid for up to £5,000 from a £500,000 pot to improve their cyber security by bringing in outside expertise. BIS is also publishing guidance to help small businesses put cyber security higher up the agenda and make it part of their normal business risk management procedures. Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: Keeping electronic information safe and secure is vital to a

business’s bottom line. Companies are more at risk than ever of having their cyber security compromised, in particular small businesses, and no sector is immune from attack. But there are simple steps that can be taken to prevent the majority of incidents. The package of support we are announcing will help small businesses protect valuable assets like financial information, websites, equipment, software and intellectual property, driving growth and keeping UK businesses ahead in the global race. Mike Cherry, National Policy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses said: Cyber security is an increasing risk for small and micro businesses and more and more, a barrier to growth. The FSB is very pleased to see the government announce a package of measures including specific guidance for small firms, helping them take steps towards more effective cyber security. Information security should be part and parcel of good business practice.

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Southern Vectis Supports National Catch The Bus Week

Southern Vectis are supporting this year’s national Catch The bus Week that will be from the 29th of April to the 5th of May and is launched by Greener Journeys, that has the aim to take one billion car journeys off the road and is backed by Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport Norman Baker. The company has invested in a new, more user friendly website with easier access to timetable and travel information from tablets and smart phones. The new site is currently being tested and is hoped to go “live” within the next few weeks. During the week, additional advice and support to people on the island who want to travel on their services for the first time and will be promoting the 5 good reasons to travel by bus, represented by the Catch

The bus Week green hand logo. Andrew Wickham, Managing Director of Southern Vectis, says that reducing vehicle emissions, traffic and congestion are the key points promoted within the Catch The bus week but the modern bus user can sit back and relax on a stress free journey without having to drive themselves, no parking hassle as buses can stop closer to most destinations, and many journeys would be cheaper than using the car. “Surveys have shown that people who regularly use buses have a better perception of services than those who have never tried them,” said Andrew Wickham. “We hope that Catch The Bus week will inspire as many people as possible to go by bus.” Full details can be found by visiting




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Open day at Cowes Masonic Centre The Cowes Masonic Centre in Castle Road, Cowes, will hold an ‘Open Day’ for the public on Saturday, 6th July 2013, from 10 am until 4 pm. The Open Day will enable the public to have a greater awareness of the principles on which the United Grand Lodge of England and Freemasonry is founded. Also, its structure, how the organisation operates and the contribution it makes to modern society at local, national and international level. Island Freemasons will be on hand to give interested visitors an insight into Freemasonry and its membership. Features will include a guided tour of Lodge rooms, a display of Masonic regalia and the opportunity to talk to local masons about

Freemasonry. Literature will be available for any interested parties. Freemasonry has been active in the community for almost three centuries, with masons making significant contributions not just to charity but all areas of social and educational development. Despite this, Freemasonry has its critics and there is a perception that it is a closed society membership. There is nothing sinister or subversive about Freemasonry but in the past the organisation has sometimes failed to communicate effectively with the society of which it is very much a part. Before the internet, many spread the word about Freemasonry by

‘word of mouth’ in society. Modern social media has taken over as the online version of word of mouth and through websites, Facebook and Twitter,

as well as public open days, Freemasonry in the Community is achieving a wider public awareness and understanding of the organisation & its membership.

Tory and UKIP Soft on terrorism & organised crime The policies of Conservatives and UKIP would put British people under increased threat from terrorists and organised criminals, according to, John Howarth, a Labour Candidate for South East England in the 2014 European Elections. John Howarth says; “In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings it should be clearer than ever that we can’t afford to take our eye off the ball when it comes to terrorism. Cooperation between police forces and security services in Europe is more important than ever. This is no time to tie one hand of our police force behind its own back. Conservative and UKIP plans to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant are soft on terrorism and organised crime.” Mr Howarth, a former member of the South East England Assembly and Berkshire Councillor, has written to the five Chief Constables in the South East England region asking that they make and concerns they may have about proposals to pull Britain out of European Union law enforcement and policing measures. The European Arrest Warrant was first implemented in 2004 and its use rose rapidly from 3,000 cases in 2004 to 13,500 in 2008. The measures were originally pressed for, not by the European Commission, by the UK Home Secretary, Jack Straw, in 2001. The system has been

used to return wanted criminals to the UK including Osman Hussein, the 21 July bomber who went on the run to Italy. Conservatives proposals seek to opt Britain out of European Policing and Justice measures and suggest instead “more flexible arrangements” and “ad hoc co-operation” without making any specific mention of the European Arrest Warrant. John Howarth added; “This is one area where British influence has made Europe more effective. The police need all the mechanisms they can reasonably have and in this field we need more co-operation not less. By opting out we risk turning the UK into a safe haven for foreign criminals. People meeting Conservative or UKIP candidates should be asking them why they want to make life easier for terrorists, people smugglers and paedophiles.”

No lift for two days The lift that takes people from Shanklin Esplanade to the cliff path will be out of service on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th May due to an inspection. The hydraulic lift inspection is being carried out ahead of major maintenance work after the summer 2013 season.


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Roll-out of the Ecoisland home energy hub announced Ecoisland have announced a Partnership with PassivSystems Limited who are going to be providing the first roll-out of the Ecoisland Home HUB. As part of an initial trial 200 homes on the Isle of Wight will be provided with a small piece of electricity monitoring equipment FREE OF CHARGE that may help EcoIsland to identify how you can save energy and save some cash. Participants in the trial will also get £100 worth of Marks & Spencer’s Vouchers for participating in the trial. If you are heating your house with electricity and your hot water comes from an immersion heater then you would be perfect for the trial. All you have to do is contact the Ecoisland HUB on 01983 822385 or email and you can enrol. The trial lasts until March 2014 at which time there may be an option to buy the full controls system if you want to or just give it back.

Whilst the HUB’s used in this trial are ONLY gathering data to gain sight of the kind of energy usage in the home – the full version of the system is capable of “learning your energy use patterns” and providing you with an average of 23% savings off your energy bills. It is possible to get one of the full versions installed as part of measures under the ECO grants scheme and / or as part of a Greendeal package also available via the HUB The top of the range system is also able to learn the patterns of your behaviour, trim your energy use to suit your activities / give you control over your home when you are in awake / asleep / out and about and on holiday. It can even help to maximise the value of solar PV / solar thermal or air source heat pumps if they are installed. This is all part of Ecoislands drive to reduce energy demand on the Island and another step towards energy self

sufficiency for 2020. When asked about the availability of the new system David Green CEO had this to say: “We have been seeking the ideal Home Energy Management system for many years and believe we have found the best of breed in PassivSystems. Whilst the free trial is only going to be providing data (without the energy management function)

there is the opportunity to give customers access to the benefits of the full system either as a purchase option or as part of a GREENdeal or ECO grant installation. We are delighted to be partnering with PassivSystems on this trial and we hope to roll out many more systems in the future.”

Help for NHS staff to spot and support Eleven vehicles trafficking victims damaged More victims of human trafficking will be identified thanks to new training and advice launched by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry. The new tools are designed to make it easier for NHS staff to spot and give help to people who have been illegally trafficked and are available to healthcare workers across the country. Last year, 1,186 potential victims of trafficking were identified through the UK’s victim support framework the National Referral Mechanism. This is an increase of 25 per cent compared to 2011 – but due to difficulties in recognising victims it is likely many more could be saved. Victims of human trafficking can be men, women or children, who are often brought from abroad against their will. Most are then forced to work or are sexually exploited. Foreign nationals make up the majority of those who are trafficked but UK residents can also be trafficked around the country and abroad. As a result of these tools, doctors, nurses and other health workers will be better equipped to spot the signs of trafficking

and will know what to do if they think a patient might be a victim. Telltale signs could include someone who is afraid to speak to a doctor or nurse, or reluctant to explain how an injury occurred. A victim may also be vague when explaining where they live, work or go to school or be with someone who insists on speaking for them. Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said: Human trafficking is abhorrent, and a form of slavery which causes misery and suffering to the thousands of victims and their families. Surgeries and hospitals are sometimes the only place where victims come into contact with people who care and are

concerned for their welfare so it is vital that we make the most of these opportunities. I encourage all NHS staff to complete this training so they can save someone who is suffering from an unimaginably awful life. In many cases, victims need treatment for health problems so NHS staff are uniquely placed to spot, treat and support victims of trafficking. If staff have concerns about a possible victim, and need more advice, they can contact the Salvation Army who offer a wide range of support, which includes securing accommodation, counselling and assistance with asylum applications or voluntary repatriation.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of vehicles were damaged in Ryde on Friday, April 19. Between 5.00pm and 6.30pm eleven vehicles parked in Arthur Street were left with scratch marks. If you witnessed any suspicious activity in the area or have any information please contact PCSO Neil Harris at Ryde Police Station by phoning 101. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.




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Rob calls on young Island filmmakers to shoot video Ever wanted to make a music video? Now’s your chance! For the next few months, we’ll be working together to create a music video for a band signed to Rob’s own Sunday Best record label.. We’ll be revealing the band and the track at this month’s Music Club. In the meantime, we want you to film or create something around the theme of “What the Isle of Wight means to me.” Film it on absolutely anything at all; your mobile phone, your iPod, a video camera, your digital camera. Maybe you’d like to do a time lapse with some stills, maybe you’d like to make a stop motion animation. We’ll use WHATEVER you give us, photos, paintings, cartoons, animations, clips, sketches, films, doodles animations. The only catch is, it needs to be created by you, and needs to show the world what the Island means to you. We’ll need your entries by the end of June’s Music Club. Get creative folks. Can’t wait to see what you come up with… This month’s Muaic Club sees Emmy J Mac & Buddy Carson return with their amazing Stand Up For Lyricism Workshop: so Singers, Writers, Rappers, Spoken Word artistes, if you’ve got something to say and want to be heard, they will be putting together a performance for the radio-session so bring any words you have (or just your voice). As Rob da Bank says: “My Music Club is the place to be on the Isle of Wight if you want to get into music – it’s that simple. Be there!”

DJ workshops – Turntablism, Scratching, Beat Mixing ● Beatboxing, Rapping, Spoken Word and Lyric Writing ● Make a Music Video workshop ● Guitar, Bass, Singing and Live & Electric Drums ● Radio Presenting, Interviewing and Compering skills ● Live Jamming with full backline, instruments and PA in The Theatre Come along to chill out with music – free squash and snacks provided Live Performances at each Club from 6.30–7:00pm – recorded for Isle of Wight Radio ●

Please consider donating to the Isle of Wight Foodbank

Students will run the visuals and lighting too – and compere and present too… YES YOU! – all recorded for IOW Radio. Local taxi companies have offered free lifts from your school to the Music Club and back to your school

if you are interested please email or visit 2013 dates are: Tues 30th April, Tues 29th May, Tues 26th June – return after summer holidays – Sept 24th, Oct 29th, Nov 26th

Fundraising Supper Organised by Young People On Saturday 6th April a fundraising supper organised by young people raised £2,900 which will help a local charity provide watersports for young people on the Isle of Wight. A group of young participants at the Island Youth Water Activities Centre (led by Jack Elsom, aged 16) organised a fundraising supper which was hosted at Gurnard SC. Jack and his team garnered a lot of support from local businesses and organisations (for raffle and auction prizes) and lots of help from parents (with the cooking and ticket sales). Over 90 people attending, enjoyed a three-course supper and fundraising activities followed by dancing. 20th Anniversary Dinner Dance, Saturday 4th May 2013. Royal Yacht Squadron Pavilion.

The Isle of Wight Foodbank are asking if you would please consider donating an at Waitrose, East Cowes on Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th April. Volunteers will be there, in store, holding a food donation collection from 9.30 to 3pm on both days. “On average Isle of Wight donate an item to help.” Foodbank are feeding 100 You will be directly helping other Islanders who find themselves in people on the Isle of Wight. sudden crisis each week – 45% of which are children and so because of the increased demand, our stock levels are low. We especially need tinned fish and fruit, Jam, Sugar, Pasta Sauces, Coffee and Rice and so, if you can, please

The charity Island Youth Water Activities Centre will celebrate 20 year of provision to young people of the Isle of Wight with a Dinner Dance. The evening will be a grand affair with a three course meal followed by dancing to The Accelerators. Our Guest speaker is Jock Wishart who featured in the BBC documentary “Rowing to the Arctic”. Fundraisng activities will be led by Richard Quigley including an auction run by Nick Bonham. Local businesses, sponsors and organisations have donated some fabulous prizes including; sailing experience days with the Artemis Offshore Academy, a villa in Spain, and a photo workshop with Rick Tomlinson. For more information and tickets (£55 per head) contact Helen Gilpin 01983 293073 or




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Chinese State Circus presents Yin Yang at Shanklin Theatre The incomparable Chinese State Circus™ proudly presents their UK premiere ‘Yin Yang’. As part of their 53 date theatre tour the all new production arrives at The Shanklin Theatre, on Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th May 2013. The highly awaited return of China’s greatest circus featuring the formidable Shaolin Warrior known only as “The One” sourced specifically by Director Phillip Gandey. This unique extravaganza showcases only the best in entertainment; witness acrobats defying gravity in an array of elaborate, explosive and highly choreographed presentations of power, poise and agility. ‘Yin Yang’ will not only keep the audience on the edge of their seats but show the more delicate and beautiful side of Chinese tradition with plate spinning, parasol juggling, eye catching Lion Dance and the amazing legendary ‘Bicycle Act’ in which 10 talented artistes manoeuvre onto a single bicycle.

Witness the unpredictable and exhilarating twists of foot juggling with drums, the famous Chinese poles, the sensational contortionist and the dynamic hoop divers with their amazing somersaults, leaps and jumps which all go towards completing this action packed programme. Every sensational act flows into sensational act without narrative and accompanied by a captivating and atmospheric all girl group of live musicians. The Chinese State Circus™ brings the oriental magic to a venue near you. Suitable for an audience of all ages, with evocative sets, soaring musical score and extravagant new costumes that will entertain the entire family long after the final curtain falls! Don’t miss this stunning production that features the most daring, breath-taking and thrilling artistes to tour the UK. For Bookings contact Shanklin Theatre on 01983 868000, Family Tickets also available. Visit for times


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Passengers left shaken after bus fire Passengers were left shaken up after a Southern Vectis double decker bus caught fire in Sandown. The incident happened just after 1.10pm on the 16th April. Locals and bus passengers both reported hearing a ‘loud bang’ before the fire broke at the back of the bus. Three pumping appliances attended the scene and the Isle of Wight fire service extinguished the fire. There were no reported injuries.

Local artists to produce Festival legends Local professional and amateur artists are being asked to produce portraits of past Isle of Wight Festival ‘legends’ to be displayed in the new Bohemian Woods area of the Festival site. The art competition is being run by local creative Charlie Padley, publisher of In-Tune IOW magazine, which has recently been supported by the Festival. In-Tune IOW was created in November 2012, aiming to provide opportunities for young creative talent on the Island. Part of Charlie’s mission is to allow local artists, photographers, designers and writers to publish their work both online and in the printed version of In-Tune IOW via monthly creative projects that are set out on the website. This new creative project, however, is taking a slightly different turn; asking local artists to produce portraits of ‘Isle of Wight Festival legends’ such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney, The Who and David Bowie to name just a few. To fit in with the Bohemian Woods area of the Festival site, which is brand new for 2013, artwork will be created in the style of true Bohemian art with a touch of Moroccan flair. Charlie sees this as an exciting

opportunity for the Island’s creative talent to showcase their work. “I’ve always had a passion for art and, after returning to the Isle of Wight to set up In-Tune IOW, I wanted to offer local young people the chance to share this passion and have their creations on show to a wider audience. With the support of the Festival we’ve been able to offer this great opportunity for local artists to have their work displayed at an internationally renowned event.” There are very few artistic rules surrounding the competition; entries can be submitted as paintings, installations, textiles, or even sculptures created from any materials that you wish. The only guidelines are that the final artwork fits the Bohemian, psychedelic feel of the woods and be easily hung from trees or moved into place. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Charlie has started a Pinterest board. The Bohemian Woods area of the Isle of Wight Festival promises to be a wonderful relaxing escape. The beautiful woodland by the river will allow festival goers to sprawl on the ground rugs, swing in hammocks and lose themselves in the setting. The stage within Bohemian Woods will host an

eclectic mix of music from around the world played by some of the most talented musicians. It’s the place to escape the hustle of the rest of the Festival! Festival promoter John Giddings commented; “This is a celebration of both the musical heritage of the Isle of Wight Festival and the huge pool of local creative artistic talent. The Bohemian Woods will showcase unique pieces in an exhibition of some of the greatest musicians from around the world that have graced the stage at the Festival.”


83-year-old man fell victim to a distraction burglar Police are appealing for information after a 83-year-old man fell victim to a distraction burglar. The man was sat outside his home in Southfield Gardens, Ryde when he was approached by a woman who asked to use a toilet. He let her in and remained outside, but discovered after she had gone that £272 in cash had been taken from inside the house. The incident occurred on Wednesday, April 10 at around 11.00 to 11.30am The suspect is described as a white woman aged about 50 to 60 years, thin build and wearing trousers Detective Constable Julia Steele said, “Distraction burglaries are rare in these areas and we are reminding local residents to ensure their properties are left secure at all times, and to remember that you have the right to refuse entry to any uninvited visitors. Always ask for identification, and if you are still unsure you can call the police.” Anyone with information can contact Newport DCID by phoning 101.

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